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Saturday, March 16, 2024

Villa Rosa Blog Hop - My Day

Welcome to my day for the Villa Rosa Blog Hop - Fast and More Fun! If you have missed any of the posts, you can check below, where I have a clickable list of all participants. A big pat on the back to our hostess, Tricia at Villa Rosa Designs! I am so appreciative of her putting together this blog hop with such amazing prizes and a list of 28 participants! Thank you Tricia! And thank you Jeanna and Wendy for the reminder that today is National (aka Worldwide or International) Quilting Day!

NOTE: If you were unable to find the post for CT Publishing yesterday, they were experiencing technical difficulties with their Comment section. I have added their link to today's list. Be sure to note the link in their post to enter their giveaway!

You can win prizes!
OK first let's talk about prizes! Each participating blogger gets to select a total of 7 winners, including three Individual Prize winners, one winner for a set of the Blog Hop patterns, and three names for entries into the Grand Prize drawings!! That means that seven of you who comment on my blog will have a chance to be entered into the giveaways! I will do a random drawing at the end of the blog hop and send a list to Tricia. If you win, you will be notified by email. Please note that if your comment posts as "Anonymous", please put your name and email address in your comment so you can be contacted! You may find a list of sponsors toward the end of this post.

This is a quilt I made in 2017 with Tricia's Akito pattern. You may read the details in this post.

Tricia's patterns are on pretty cards or you can purchase the digital editionFor this blog hop, Tricia generously offered us these five Villa Rosa patterns from which to choose for our creations, or we could make all of them. I had trouble making up my mind, but ultimately I chose Twinkle (on the right), with Gypsy running a close second. The set of five patterns is only $8.95, and you may purchase the set right here, or you can find information on the individual patterns below:
For this pattern I chose fabrics from a kit I bought in 2014 - Elementary by Basic Grey - and for the sashing a I used a fabric I purchased from That's So Janice on Etsy - a floral from 2013, "Serenity" from Riley Blake Designs.

My favorite quilt holder skillfully tamed the quilt in the breeze
The kit I bought contained a layer cake and a jelly roll, along with yardage. I used the yardage for part of the pieced backing and jelly roll pieces for the scrappy binding.

Pieced backing (Same favorite quilt holder, different shoes)

Quilting was with a free panto from Urban Elementz - Lisa's Raindrops. I absolutely love how it turned out.


Toby had to step in for quality control before I sewed on the binding

Jack likes the colors with his ginger handsomeness

This flimsy was made using Gypsy - I love the name and the pattern! This one may end up larger with borders like Cheree's version, and I have started a second one with colors inspired by Kathleen's beautiful version! It is an easy pattern to put together, and I really enjoyed choosing a variety of fabrics, and I see more of these in the future.

  • There will be prizes from sponsors: Hoffman, Moda, Timeless Treasures, Jaftex, Electric Quilt, Banyan Batiks/Northcott, Benartex, Hancock’s of Paducah, Fox Chapel/Landauer, and C&T Publishing.
  • Plus a complete set of the patterns used in this blog hop from Villa Rosa Designs.
  • And the grand prizes: Kaffe Fassett Precuts Collection, $100 digital gift certificate for Hancock’s of Paducah, A Big Mystery Box of Quilting Goodies, and Download of Electric Quilt 8
Prize registration closes Sunday, March 23 2024

Here is a list of participating blogs (with clickable links) for the week and today's links in BOLD:
Thursday, March 14:

Friday, March 15

Saturday March 16
Valerie at (The link to enter their giveaway i
Linda at (YOU ARE HERE)

Sunday, March 17

Monday, March 18

Tuesday, March 19

Wednesday, March 20

Thursday, March 21

Be sure to leave a comment if you'd like a chance to win a prize!
Friday, March 15, 2024

Villa Rosa Blog Hop - Fast and More Fun!- Day 2

This is day 2 of the Villa Rosa Blog Hop - Fast and More Fun! This fun hop is hosted by Tricia at Villa Rosa Designs. Head over to the blogs participating today, listed below in BOLD, and enter drawings for chances to win some really great prizes. Be sure to come back here on Saturday, March 16, for my day!
Thursday, March 14

Friday, March 15 - today!

Saturday March 16
Linda at (YOU ARE HERE)

Sunday, March 17

Monday, March 18

Tuesday, March 19

Wednesday, March 20
Thursday, March 14, 2024

Villa Rosa Blog Hop - Fast and More Fun!- Day 1

Welcome to Day 1 of the Villa Rosa Blog Hop - Fast and More Fun! You will find the first post at the blog of our wonderful host, Tricia of Villa Rosa Designs. Be sure to follow each day for chances to win prizes, and come back here on Saturday, March 16, for my day! Tricia kick-started the hop this morning with a post detailing sponsors and prizes - be sure to head over to her blog and register for prizes!

Below is the list of participating blogs, in BOLD for today, with clickable links:
Thursday, March 14
Tricia at - head over and register for prizes!

Friday, March 15

Saturday March 16
Linda at (YOU ARE HERE)

Sunday, March 17

Monday, March 18

Tuesday, March 19

Wednesday, March 20
Saturday, March 9, 2024

Pieces Of My Life SAL

Melva at Melva Loves Scraps has the most purposeful sew-alongs - Pieces From the Past, Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail and Pieces in the Garden - and her new one is no exception. Pieces of My Life is centered around stories and memories of our families, where we are from, our parents' stories, meaningful events, etc. Along with a pattern, Melva provides a guide for documenting details of our lives into a memory book that can accompany the quilt. Melva titled the Block #1 pattern simply "The Bow" and has a lovely story to go with it on her blog right here, where you can also find details of the sew-along. 

Block #1 The Bow made with HSTs

My Mom in her yellow dress about 1933
My first block represents a special yellow dress. The story behind this block actually begins with the story of my parents' courtship, and you may find details of that sweet story in this blog post I made in 2021. One of the details of their first meeting was that Daddy said Mom was wearing a yellow dress. And the black and white photo above is one that she mailed to Daddy after they started dating, and she told me that her dress was yellow (and that she had made it), so it must have been the same one.

Many months after Mom died, I had a dream about her. She was sitting on some kind of almost throne-like chair, and she was wearing a yellow dress. , but not passionately happy like she used to, if that makes sense. I got the sense that although she seemed happy to see me, she was so joyful and content that she had no desire to be anywhere else. That dream was very comforting in my grief.

I am excited about this SAL. It is comforting to remember these stories and challenging in a fun way to translate that story into a block. I am linking with Melva's Pieces of My Life linkup right here.
Sunday, March 3, 2024

Villa Rosa Blog Hop Starts March 14!

Mark your calendars for the Villa Rosa Designs Fast & More Fun Blog Hop March 14-21. There will be lots of quilty prizes from generous sponsors for giveaways, and each blog will have a drawing, plus another chance for Grand Prize drawings! Tricia at Villa Rosa Quilts kicks off the week-long party on Thursday, March 14, and the fun continues with several bloggers each day, ending with Tricia on Thursday, March 21. My day is Saturday, March 16. Be sure to check back on Thursday, March 14 for a complete schedule!